dickens on the strand

Dickens on the Strand,” the annual holiday festival that celebrates the Victorian era and the life of literary genius Charles Dickens returns for its 46th year on Dec. 6-8.

And this year, there are three awesome new features that you won’t want to miss.

First, the details: The festival, which is held at 502 20th St. in Galveston, opens up at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and carries through Sunday, Dec. 8. Friday is free admission, but there is a charge for Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are cut in half if you’re dressing in Victorian-period costumes. Purchase tickets here.

Plenty of favorites from previous “Dickens on the Strand” festivals will be in full swing again this year, including “A Dickens Soiree at the 1893 Bishop’s Palace,” and “Fezziwig’s Friday Night,” which pays tribute to the “Christmas Carol” character Mr. Fezziwig at Fezziwig’s Beer Hall. There will also be the usual Victorian Bed Races, costume contests, daily parades, walking tours, handbell concerts, jugglers, and other favorites.

But there are some new features to highlight for this year’s festival:


Charles Dickens Finger Puppets

The first 1,000 youths who attend this year receive a Charles Dickens magnetic finger puppet. The giveaway begins Saturday morning. The finger puppets were created by the Unemployed Philosopher’s Guild and were made with support from the Alice Taylor Gray Foundation. This is the perfect keepsake from this family-friendly festival.


The Queen’s Feast

Get ready for a four-course meal and a special reading by Ollie Dickens of A Christmas Carol — all of that paired with a complimentary champagne toast to the Queen! This feast is held in the breathtaking 1859 Ashton Villa. Tickets are $125, but you won’t want to miss this awesome holiday celebration and special reading from an actual descendant of Charles Dickens.


Other New Activities

There are countless new additions to the festival grounds this year for both adults and youth. The Dickens snow yard makes it return, but there are new areas, like “Tiny Tim’s Play Land” and “Shopkeeper Skills Village.” There are also a bunch of new roaming costumed performers and sets throughout the area that you can interact with and learn a little bit about Charles Dickens’ stories.


More than 35,000 people are expected to take in this year’s event. And if you’re not one of them, you’re probably going to regret it.

For more information, go here, or call 409-765-7834.


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